Michael Leon | Mortgage Specialist
Introducing Michael Leon - Account Officer with the Bank's International Mortgage Centre.
If you are looking to buy property in Israel then Michael specialises in serving customers from England and working with our London Branch.
I was born in Manchester, educated at the Manchester Grammar School and was active within the Jewish community of South Manchester.
While studying in Cambridge I met my wife, and together with our 3 month old baby we made our home in Jerusalem nearly 20 years ago.
Our extended families and network of friends who live in England have ensured that we maintain regular contact with our "mother country". I have never managed to shake off a lifetime devotion to Manchester City!
I am qualified as a Chartered Accountant (CPA), both in England and in Israel.
I left private practice in order to work as an accountant with Bank Tefahot before its merger with Bank Mizrahi.
I was offered the opportunity to be part of the establishment of the International Mortgage Centre in 2005, serving customers from around the world who buy homes all over Israel.
Our specialised unit, based in Jerusalem, offers a unique service to international customers enabling them to buy property in Israel either as a home or for investment purposes.
In my work, I use my financial experience and expertise to understand our clients' needs and their ability to meet the Bank's requirements.
My background enables me to navigate a British client through the procedures that are involved in taking out a mortgage in Israel.
What can appear to be a maze of regulation and bureaucracy is easily simplified once your banker starts speaking your language!
I can be contacted at email@example.com